ASSOCIATION UPDATE


August 21, 2014- ATTENTION MEMBERS:
Click here to view an addendum to the recently published 2014 LRA Membership Directory and Buyer's Guide. The members listed on the document have reported changes to their contact information. If you need to report a change, please notify the LRA Membership Department at (504) 454-2277.

August 20, 2014- Save the date!
The LRA Greater Baton Rouge's annual silent auction, "A Taste of the South," will be Wednesday, Oct. 22 at L'Auberge Baton Rouge at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and is limited to 200 people. Purchase your tickets early!

August 19, 2014-
The LRA Greater New Orleans Chapter's 30th Annual Golf Tournament, presented by First NBC Bank, will be Thursday, October 16 at Lakewood Golf Club. Sponsorships and teams are available! Click here for more info.

August 18, 2014-
The LRA Northwest Chapter is hosting its annual Clay Shoot, THIS WEEKEND, Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Los Paloma Sporting Range in Benton, La. .12-Gauge Packages are $400 and .20-Gauge packages are $100. Click here for more info.


August 15, 2014-
The Louisiana Department of Revenue is announcing its 2014 Tax Amnesty Program, which will run October 15-November 14. The 30-day tax amnesty program offers non-compliant taxpayers the opportunity to settle their accounts with the state by paying 100 percent of delinquent taxes, with a waiver of all penalties and 50 percent of the interest owed. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on October 15, through 11:59 p.m. November 14, eligible taxpayers can apply online here. For more information, call (866) 782-9241. Read more.

August 13, 2014-
Restaurant sales continued to trend upward in recent months, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Eating and drinking places sales totaled $47.3 billion on a seasonally-adjusted basis in July, up 0.2 percent from June and the strongest monthly volume on record. Read more.

August 12, 2014-
The FDA recently indicated that a new federal standard for "gluten-free" labeling is not technically binding on restaurants (except for items that restaurants sell in pre-packaged form), but that restaurants should ensure any gluten-free claims they make are consistent with the new federal guidelines. Read more.

August 11, 2014-
Dine around Northwest Louisiana for FREE! Purchase a LRA Northwest Chapter Shreveport/Bossier City Dine Around raffle ticket and win $3,800 worth of gift certificates to your favorite restaurants. Drawing is September 9; click here for more info.

August 5, 2014-
The 2014 LRA Award winners were not only presented with tokens to take home at the Five Star Futures Gala last Saturday; there were also given a look at special short videos produced in their honor. Take a look: Associate Member of the Year Mickey Freiberg, Advocate of the Year Rep. Erich Ponti, Hall of Fame Inductees the Marino Family of Gino's Restaurant and Restaurateurs of the Year Peter Sclafani and Ruffin Rodrigue.

July 30, 2014-
Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF), the nation's largest nonprofit organization focused on advancing women leaders and gender parity on executive teams, launched the WFF 100K Strong Commitment Campaign, an industry-wide call to action to support the advancement of women leaders, at its annual Executive Summit in New Orleans Monday, July 28. Read more.

July 29, 2014-
Gourmands can get an advance taste of the LRA Greater New Orleans Chapter's highly anticipated annual culinary promotion- We Live to Eat Restaurant Week, September 8-14, 2014. Throughout the month of August, participating chefs from the area's most sought-after dining destinations will showcase items from their WLTE menus at exclusive cooking demonstrations to be held at Whole Foods Market- Arabella Station and Metairie. Read more and check out the schedule here.


IMPORTANT NEWS
Important reminder: Any foodservice establishment having food and/or beverage sales in Orleans Parish and the New Orleans International Airport and has $200,000 or more in taxable food and/or beverage sales in the preceding year MUST COLLECT the New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority tax. For sales $200,000 to $499,999, the rate of tax is 0.5 percent and for sales $500,000 or more, the rate of tax is 0.75 percent. Monthly returns must be filed on the 20th day of the month following the month being reported. Click here for more info.

The Obama Administration recently announced that employers with 50-99 employees will receive Affordable Care Act transition relief. These employers have until 2016 to comply with the employer-mandate rule.
Read more.


Effective January 1, 2014, the IRS will classify an automatic gratuity as a service charge, not a tip. The IRS regards service charges as regular wages, which must be reported for payroll tax withholding. This rule was issued in June 2012, but implementation has been delayed until now. Read this informative article about what is defined as a tip, what to tell your staff and why you may opt to eliminate automatic gratuities in the future.
                                                             

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Aug 23 2014 LRA Northwest Chapter Clay Shoot - Los Paloma Sporting Range in Benton

Sep 1 2014 Labor Day- LRA Office Closed - in

Sep 8 2014 ServSafe Seminar- Shreveport - Ernest's Orleans Restaurant in Shreveport

Sep 9 2014 ServSafe Seminar- W. Monroe - W.Monroe Conv.Center East Conf.Hall in West Monroe